The Joys of Summer

summer flowers

Farmer's Market beauties

It’s here! It’s finally here! That good old summertime!

I’m a tad excited, can you tell? :)

Forget that we’re entering the third day of triple-digit temps. Never mind that we had a power outage yesterday afternoon when the thermometer read 101°. It doesn’t matter that mosquitoes are nesting in my sweaty armpits.

Okay, that was a visual you didn’t need, right?

The point is that none of that matters because it’s summertime!

Things I Love About Summer:

  1. Produce – Raise your hand if you knew the first item would be food. I don’t care. I give summer a lot of credit for my successful weight loss, and it’s because many of my favorite fruits and veggies were just coming into season when I started tippy-toeing along. I love fresh watermelon and canteloupe, cucumbers and tomatoes, peaches and berries. Even at my heaviest, my favorite meal was tuna salad with tomatoes, with a side of ice cold melon. Yum! If I hadn’t eaten tuna for the last four days, I’d have some today!
  2. Longer Days – Now that I’m all about outdoor exercise, I love the longer days of summer. Early morning walks in the neighborhood, when the people are asleep but the birds are awake are a special time of day. Or walks after dinner–nothing powerful, just a last chance to stretch out the kinks of the day and unwind. Greet the neighbors, grouse about the sprinklers running despite it having rained the day before.
  3. Less City Traffic – Now that I ride my bicycle, I can really appreciate the change in traffic patterns that the summer school break allows. I’m looking forward to biking to the gym (when this current heat wave relents) and then to points beyond.
  4. Flowers – I love the floral sights and scents of summer–roses, day lilies, crepe myrtle, hydrangeas, hostas. Here in U.S. Zone 7, gardens are fully in bloom. It sure does make outdoor exercise more enjoyable.
  5. Being warm – Since I lost weight, I’m much more sensitive to cold. Winter lasts until May for me now. I can still get overly hot in summer, but it takes a whole lot longer.
  6. Flip-flops! – (and other summerwear) We’ve established that I’m no fashionista, and it’s never more apparent than in summertime when there’s an 80% chance you’ll find me wearing t-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops at any given time of the day.

Summer does have a few teensy drawbacks. Nothing is ever perfect, after all. Here are a few things I don’t love about summer:

  1. Flies, Mosquitoes, Ants, Snakes – I don’t think an explanation is necessary.
  2. Humidity – If you’ve never experienced the humidity of the southern U.S., you may not understand this one. There are days where you can feel the dampness in the air. Breathing is difficult–heck, thinking is difficult.  But the payoff is lots of beautiful flowers and fresh produce.
  3. The school break – Kids are everywhere! Cluttering up Target, crying in the restaurants, hanging off my cart in the grocery store–I’m joining the movement for year-round school today!

Okay, if we’re keeping score that was SummerLove-6, Summer-notLove-3. SummerLove wins!

Do you love summer as much as I do? Favorites? Any notLoves?

More answers I’m looking for, should you be so inclined:

  • Anyone have an environmentally-friendly solution for garden ants?  (They can have the rest of the yard.
  • I’d also love a good skin-friendly mosquito repellent. Apparently, I am a favorite resource for them this year.

Wishing you all a great first week of summer (or a hearty hang in there! for the southern hemisphere)! I’m off to tackle a page-long to-do list, but I’ll be checking in with you on my breaks.

16 thoughts on “The Joys of Summer

  1. Yes, yes, yes. I agree with all your pros and the cons. A couple of other pros–summer concerts in the park, summer vacations, summer salads, and cherries (you forgot to mention cherries!). Happy summer.
    .-= Tish´s last blog ..Anniversary Edition =-.

  2. I love, love my flower garden! Of course, that extends into fall, which is my true favorite season.

    I love the seasonal frozen yogurt shops around here. And berries!

    I am with you on the humidity, though. Triple yuck. I also don’t like heat rash…..
    .-= Lori (Finding Radiance)´s last blog ..70-mile ride and parades! =-.

  3. I love summer too! The only thing I don’t like are the bugs of course. But I love no homework for the kids, late bedtimes for the kids, movies with the kids on rainy days, and bbq with the kids!!!

  4. I love that pic Cammy! I love the longer days too as my outside jog can start earlier in the morn when it still is cooler & LESS traffic in this traffic crazy place! And yes, love the produce even though we are pretty lucky here & the blooms!

    No flip flops here! My wide, flat bunioned feet are not a pretty site & the support is not good enough for them.. :-(
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Who Is Stopping You? =-.

  5. I love the summer, too. I am happy we do not have the humidity in CA because that would ruin it for me. The mosquitos like me, too. I have heard the Vit B thing was dis-proven and that DEET is the only sure thing…drat.
    .-= Brightside-Susan´s last blog ..OBSESSION =-.

  6. Summer fruit would top my list. And the local farmer’s market, filled with said fruit and fresh veggies. How much tastier is a tomato that actually ripened on the vine?! And sandals, yes. And longer days. And not having to stress over my son’s school work!

  7. I don’t like those other bugs and serpents, but I do like fireflies.


    Fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes: good! Not having to wake Sonny at 6:20 AM: good! Baseball in the scorching sun and oppressive humidity: let me get back to you on that one.

  8. I love summer too – because I don’t like to be cold. Summer wins for me but my hubby hates the heat – especially right now with the 100 degree weather in June!

    Have you tried Avon Skin-so-Soft for mosquitos? That works well for me and then no horrible chemicals. I also saw a commercial for an Off product that you clip onto your clothes. That might work too.
    .-= Diane Fit to the Finish

  9. I know… I like summer a WHOLE LOT MORE than winter.

    What I really don’t like is running on a treadmill…. because it is too freakin’ hot to run outside….

    O.K. so there is my two cents.

    Thanks Cammy!

  10. YAY SUMMER!!!

    I went back-country camping this past weekend and I must admit that I practically BATHED in Deet to repel mosquitoes. When the mosquitoes are that bad, I find myself not being quite so anti-chemicals, tehe.

    Love summer for the HIKING! We’ve got all kinds of hiking trips planned. I’m in my element.
    .-= Sagan´s last blog ..What I Learned from University =-.

  11. Summer is so short here I love it!!! And I’m a flip flop junkie- my new favs are from crocs And yep they ate flips not full crocs.

    I have also heards that about the Avon skin so soft stuff for Mosquitos:)

  12. Yes, I am a big fan of summer, too! I love all the things you mention, especially the fresh produce and the longer days and exercising outside. I just wish it wouldn’t go by sooooo fast!!!

    Good luck getting those nesting mosquitoes out of your armpits. Ewwwwwww – TMI!

  13. I plead “cheater” here. I live in San Diego were we get hints of summer all year long, so I don’t get too excited about it — but do love the longer days.

    Ditto on the flip-flops…

  14. I’m with you! I adore summer! I love the slower pace, no set schedule. And my huge collection of flip flops!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Five Question Friday =-.

  15. Since you brought up the snake thing I’ll elaborate and agree with you whole-heartedly. I am terrified of snakes. I walk in the back yard looking everywhere for them. It’s silly really. It all started 7 or 8 years ago when hubby and I were on a bike trail and I saw a black snake on the trail right in front of me. Too terrified to swerve (what if I fell off the bike!?) I ran over it and my bike tire kicked it up in the air and it hit me. I screamed and cried for an hour. Very traumatic. Then last summer I turned on our street (driving this time) and there was a little garter snake in the middle of the road. I started to freak but decided to straddle it with the car as quickly as possible. I looked in the rear mirror and it was GONE! I had convinced myself it got caught on the tire and was hanging out waiting for me to get out of the car to attack me. Imagine me sitting in the car, windows all up, doors locked, 90+ degrees out talking to my husband on the cell phone (he was in the house I was in the driveway). I made him check and double check the tires and the undercarriage of the car. No snake. I have no idea where it went, but there in lies my fear of snakes… LOL
    .-= Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Lessons from a paraplegic =-.

  16. I LOVE SUMMER, and I live in Wyoming, where summer is VERY VERY short! but I am frantically putting in the garden and the flower beds — great bursts of color!

    try boric acid on your ants. it’s organic, we use it to wash our eyes out… harmless to mammals (kittens, children) but toxic to bugs and the ants will take it back home and wipe out the whole schlameel… you can get traps that protect the honey bees, but it’s GOOD STUFF!!

    Cindy in Wyoming

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